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Engaging North Korea

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Read AFSC's report "Engaging North Korea: Vol. I: Feasibility Assessment for People-to-People Exchanges" The original PDF version of this report, which contains its full citations, is also available. Download the PDF. Photo: AFSC

Communication between the United States and North Korea (or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—DPRK) has almost entirely ceased in recent years. The administration’s current policy of “strategic patience” has failed to produce diplomatic progress and tensions reached historic heights in the first few months of 2016.

As the Obama administration prepares to leave office and tensions continue to rise, careful consideration should be given to creating the conditions for meaningful dialogue and laying the groundwork for the next administration to stabilize the situation and make significant diplomatic progress in Korea.